If you’re in a hurry and don’t have time to read the whole article, then we recommend getting the PDC Reusable K-cup.
So, you’re thinking of making the smart move of getting a reusable filter, and you want to know which one to get?
Well, we’re going to help you choose. In this article we’ll outline the reasons why everyone should consider buying one and give you our reviews on the best reusable Keurig pods.
Here are a list of Keurig reusable filters we’ll be looking at:
- Why Reusable?
- How To Choose A Reusable K-cup Filter
- The Best Keurig Reusable Filters – The Reviews
Alright, so K cups are the way to go for a lot of people, they offer an easy way to brew a nice cup of coffee. My family has been using K-Cups for a long time now, but flying the nest and trying different types of coffee, I’ve realised it’s not the best method.
There are 100s of coffee brands that are making k-cups, but they are generally low quality, low flavoured beans with one thing in mind, profit. If you really want a good cup of coffee, then getting yourself a reusable filter to put in your K-Cup machine is the way to go, and let me explain why.
You Can Brew ANY Coffee You Want
When using K-Cups, you’re stuck with brands that produce their coffee in that way. There are so many high quality coffee brands out there that a reusable filter opens you up to. All you have to do is simply put the coffee into the filter yourself, instead of it coming pre-packed. Easy when the coffee is already ground.
If you want to go the extra mile, you can even get a coffee grinder (like the Baratza Encore) and grind the beans up yourself just before putting them in your K-Cup machine. When the coffee is ground, it has maybe 30 minutes max of peak freshness, before the flavours start to deteriorate. So buying beans and grinding them yourself will also help with the freshness, but, let’s do one step at a time.
Trust me when I tell you that you’re going to notice the difference between high quality, freshly roasted coffee, compared with pre-packed K Cups. The reusable K-Cup filters allow you to use your favourite local coffee brands, and let you try thousands of different coffee roasts, instead of a few hundred K-Cups.
For added convenience, you can even look at grind and brew coffee makers as a two in one machine.
A Thousand Years
A Keurig spokesperson reported that the company had sold 10.5 billion K-Cups for the fiscal year ending in September 2015.
That’s enough K-Cups to give one person in the whole world one cup, and have 3,000,000,000 spare. IN ONE YEAR.
With only a third getting recycled due to the plastic being difficult to process, that means the rest are ending up in landfills. This is a problem that needs addressing. Each K-Cup will be sat in that landfill for around 1000 years, as that’s how long this type of plastic takes to decompose.
To give you a little bit of perspective, Columbus connected Europe and the Americas less than 500 years ago.
A Sustainability Problem
The coffee industry is aiming to be the first industry that is 100% sustainable, from bean to cup. What’s the point in being sustainable if you’re packaging a product in an unsustainable way.
In 2015, John Sylvan, the inventor of K-Cups, said he feels bad he made it due to the fact of the impact on the environment. He’s quoted for saying ‘it’s like a cigarette for coffee, a single serve delivery mechanism’.
“People want convenience, even if it’s not sustainable”
If you want, and you should want to, help to make the world a sustainable place, to ensure future generations can enjoy the luxuries we have today, then switch to a reusable filter. That way, you can support coffee brands that are doing good for the planet and for sustainability.
In a world where we vote with our wallets, we should choose responsibly, and reusable Keurig filters are a way to do that.
Lighter On Your Wallet
If you’re going through a few cups of coffee a day, buying enough K-Cups can be expensive. The whole idea of drinking coffee from home is to minimise cost. If you’re buying K-Cups and taking into account milk, sugar and any syrups you use, you may as well go to Starbucks.
In our house, we’d go through $25/$35 a week on k-cups between 4 people. When you can buy a bag of ground coffee for $6 that would last the week, it’s a no brainer to make the switch.
Pick Your Favourite Grind Size
Here’s where you can start to become a coffee connoisseur. Your coffee will change its flavour depending on the grind size.
The smaller the coffee grind the easier it is for the water that’s passing through to grab all of the different flavours and oils. The larger the grind, the less surface area the water has to extract all the flavours.
If your coffee has a bitter taste to it, or its tingling down the sides of your tongue, then your grind is probably too fine and is being over extracted. If there’s little flavour, and your coffee tastes dull and weak, then your grind is more likely too coarse and needs more extraction.
This gives you the option to find your perfect sweet spot that K Cups don’t allow.
How To Choose A Reusable K-cup Filter
Checking Your Model
You should start by looking at the model of your Keurig coffee maker, as not all of them are compatible with one filter size. You need to be confident that the filter you’re about to buy is going to fit into your machine. Most Keurig 1.0 and Keurig 2.0 filters can be replaced with reusable ones.
We’ve got you covered though, as each reusable filter we review we’ll tell you which machines they’re compatible with.
What’s the pod made out of? You’ll want to know the material as it’s a good indicator of how long it’s going to last. You want something that’s going to last a while.
You’re also going to be able to find out whether or not it’s dishwasher proof.
The Best Keurig Reusable Filters – The Reviews
So, without further ado, we’ll get into the filters we’ve picked out for you.
- IS NOT Compatible with Keurig Cuisinart version, models K155, K250 (after 2016), K300, K350, K360, K450, K460, K500, K550, K560,K575
- Pack of 2-6
- Dishwasher proof
- 1 cup capacity
This one piece design makes for an easy to use reusable filter. Once you’ve finished brewing simply give it a rinse under the sink and you’re good to go again.
It has a nice purple finish and it comes in a multi pack so you have plenty spare for the days that you don’t get around to doing the dishes. A strong and sturdy product that’s dishwasher proof too.
What works very well is that they have a long enough plastic lip around the entire botton, which protects the mesh from the needle.
- IS Compatible with Keurig 2.0, K200, K250, K300, K350, K400, K450, K460, K475, K500, K550, K560, K575
- Pack of 2
- Dishwasher proof
- BPA free
- Fit for all brew sizes (4oz – 12oz)
Importantly these K-Cup filters don’t contain any BPA plastics. This means you don’t get any chemical runoff creating strange flavours and harming your body.
The rubber gasket at the top is perfectly designed to let hot water pass evenly distributed into the filter. This, with the addition of the mesh all around the bottom, means maximum flavour extraction.
Be careful that you check that your Keurig machine is compatible with this filter, as people in the past haven’t checked and have wasted their money on a filter that doesn’t work. It’s quite tall, so don’t just assume it’ll fit if it says it won’t.
- IS Compatible with Keurig 2.0, K200, K250, K300, K350, K400, K450, K460, K500, K550, K560 and all Keurig 1.0 Brewers
- Pack of 7
- Dishwasher proof
- 100% BPA, lead and DEHP free
Not only will these cups brighten up your day, but they’ve also been made with your health in mind. GoodCups understand that you don’t want any harmful substances to end up in your coffee, and so they’re only made with the safest of materials and a stainless steel mesh.
The O ring on the lid seals it to stop any ground coffee from ending up in your cup, and you will always have a spare if one gets damaged or lost.
There have been some reports of coffee squirting out instead of a nice uniform stream, but it still does the job of extracting your coffee.
As well as the filters, there is also a scoop included which makes a tidy job of filling the filter, and ensuring you get the correct amount of coffee.
- IS Compatible with Keurig models K31, K40, K44, K45, K50, K60, K66, K70, K77, K100, K135, K140, K300, K350, K400, K450, B31, B40, B44, B50, B60, B66, B70, B77, B100, B140, B200
- Pack of 4
- Dishwasher proof
- 100% BPA free
A great feature about this design is the open bottom as well as the sides, which allows for a smoother extraction. Not only do they contain no BPA plastics, but they come with a food grade stainless steel mesh.
The bottom is also recessed to protect it from the needle, and the cap is permanently connected so you won’t lose it.
They’re built to a high quality of standard, and have high customer satisfaction ratings.
- IS Compatible with K Elite, K Select fit, K-MINI Plus, K-Cafe, K-Cafe, K83, K-Latte, K45 Elite, K-Classic, K-Compact, and most K1.0 and 2.0 machines
- Pack of 6
- Dishwasher proof
- 100% BPA free
Along with the filters you’ll also get a scoop to help with getting the serving size right, and a brush to give it a good clean. There’s a large inlet to disperse the water to fully extract the coffee.
They come with a dolphin design and who doesn’t like dolphins?
100% BPA free means they’re minimising the amount of chemical runoff and has a stainless steel mesh. One of the disadvantages is that it doesn’t have a mesh bottom, so if you don’t line the hole up correctly it may damage the puncture. Not a problem however if you aren’t using K Cups anymore.
For the amount of machines the reusable filter is compatible with, materials used and the price for what you get, I’d recommend getting the PDC Reusable K-cup.
I’m glad we could help you to choose the right reusable filter. Yes it may be a little more effort on a morning to fill the K-Cup filter up yourself, but not only will you be saving money and getting the option to taste many more coffees, but you’re also helping to stop all that mess we’re making.
You can check out which coffee you want to brew first here.
Let us know which one you went for in the comments!